Tune In

I think I might be driving my son a little crazy.

My son and I were invited to dinner at a friend’s {socially distant on the deck}. When we got there music was playing. Ange asked if it was too loud or if she should change the 70-80s rock playlist.

Joe {my son} responded,”Nah. He was listening to AC/DC the other day. You never know what will be playing … gospel, rock, Christian, country, classical, contemporary … or from where.”

He is working from home and as he passes through the living room — my temporary office with my feet raised on the recliner — he always asks where we are today.

That might need some explanation. As background music I tune in to TuneIn, an audio streaming service I added to his TV menu. Each day I surf local radio stations around the country. Today I’m in Decatur, IL, listening to WCIC, a Christian playlist to “share hope in Jesus one song, one conversation, one heart at a time. Yesterday I was in the Chicago metro area, although the particular stream was country from northern Indiana, WRIV on its 1390 AM feed. Over the years I hopped cross country, beginning in Alabama, including states I’ve never been to — Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, and Idaho.

As I surf from city to city and state to state, I will listen to just about anything from Christian to Adult Contemporary, Southern Gospel to Oldies, Classic Rock to Classic Christian, Country to Classical. I don’t like all music – jazz, opera, hip-hop and rap come to mind. I’ll skip right past them. I also don’t like news, preaching or teaching stations. I’ll skip to another venue if that comes on, just as I would if the adult contemporary shifts too frequently to rap, hip hop or, modern synthesized music (?). Except for the top of the hour news, I will also move on if the hosts/hostesses monopolize the airway. After all my listening preference is more white noise than entertainment.

Thanks to SmartPhone apps like I Heart Radio, Pandora, radioPup and TuneIn Radio I can — and often do — listen in the car, especially while traveling. On my most recent trip from Ohio to Kentucky, I had someone on the other side of the gas pump completely confused because I was listening to an Idaho station complete with Coeur d’Alene weather.

My listening preference has given me a new appreciation of the diversity of the country as well as its uniformity. Many stations use “canned” content, but just as many have original content streaming.

I like listening to the local news … even if I don’t know the neighborhood. The issues tend to be the same, but the inflection gives a clue to what triggers the audience. For example, in the Midwest, you can’t have a news break without a farm report. Urban news is so different from rural reports.

I didn’t particularly care for Hawaii’s radio choices, but I was fascinated by Alaska. I heard local reports on national issues (a different take from national coverage). While visiting Fairbanks, AK, I was impressed with the calm report, “We might actually see a plus temperature today with little wind.”

My favorite anecdote – also from Alaska – was a call in. The caller said a guy was emptying a van on the highway – television, furniture, etc., – apparently after an argument with his female traveling companion. After the station played a song, the caller called back to report. “Forget about the big screen TV. Somebody took it.”

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Don’t let negative people rent a space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out!


About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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11 Responses to Tune In

  1. raggedyjane says:

    this is great! I have not thought of doing this. Didn’t even know it was an option.
    I love your ending quote. It’s nigh unto perfect.

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  2. Turn on, tune in, then drop out;
    that’s what Dr.Leary said,
    and we’d see what it’s all about
    in the light show in our heads.
    He said lysergic acid
    was nothing much to fear,
    but I’d rather get me blasted
    on a keg of beer,
    ’cause when you play with chemicals
    to get you nice and high,
    you might get all sentimental
    ’bout a girl who is a guy,
    because the acid fooled your senses,
    and you don’t want THOSE consequences.

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  3. TamrahJo says:

    Tuning in to ‘breaks’, ‘listener call ins’ and music is always a great way to gauge how ‘such and such’ is affecting said area – – I really appreciated High Country News’ article they compiled from folks who sent in their ‘how COVID is affecting me/my community’ – was interesting to see all the different ages/communities/perspectives given their work, their area, their family composition – 🙂

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  4. TamrahJo says:

    P.S. I spent Monday starting out with Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer’ – worked my way through some AC/DC and such to come back to Billy Vaughn’s orchestra album, Summer Place – was quite a wonderful day during which, music picks were the ‘soundtrack of’ – LOL

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  5. Paula Kiger (Big Green Pen) says:

    OK that’s really interesting! I have to have music without words when I’m editing, so not sure I’ll try. But I can see why you’ve enjoyed it so much!

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    • When I’m writing, I’ll usually listen just to music too. While I’m going through social media or my e-mails (which I generally do in the mornings), I don’t mind lyrics. It does give a different perspective (sorry) 🙂

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  6. Sandra K Stein says:

    I like your thought to remember. May steal it, if that’s okay.

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